England v West Indies, 2nd ODI, The Oval

Injury forces Darren Bravo home

Nagraj Gollapudi at The Oval

June 18, 2012

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Darren Bravo goes one-handed during his hundred, Middlesex v West Indians, Tour match, Lord's, June 13, 2012
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Darren Bravo, the West Indies' batsman, has returned home following the groin strain which he picked up during the first one-day international. Meanwhile, there remain doubts over the fitness of Chris Gayle, who was sent for a scan on his leg injury although was later said to be available for selection, while Andre Russell also missed training at The Oval.

Gayle had picked up a stress reaction in the tibia bone of his left leg during the warm-up match last Wednesday against Middlesex at Lord's, while Russell injured his left shoulder in the defeat at West End on Saturday.

It is understood that in Gayle's case, the West Indies physio CJ Clark just wanted a scan to allay any further fears and the batsman is expected to take field on Tuesday, but the situation could change if the scans reveal anything untoward. In the absence of Bravo, West Indies will hope Gayle returns strengthen the top order following the heavy 114-run defeat in the opening match.

With the updated ICC regulations not allowing a runner, Bravo walked in at No. 9 in the first ODI and could barely run as he managed 8 towards the end of the match. He was the second West Indies player to pick an injury during the game as Russell later slipped while turning for a second run early in his innings. Russell had already had a forgetful day going wicketless in his six expensive overs which went for 43 runs.

During the Test series Shannon Gabriel (back) and Kemar Roach (shin) were forced out of the tour.

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Posted by   on (June 19, 2012, 10:19 GMT)

Poor guy. I hope he gets fit and gets back to his best...a really good emerging player.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (June 19, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Its a shame for the Windies that they've lost the services of Darren Bravo, hope hes fit for the NZ series.....@Green_and_Gold, its most likely a combination of the two, some players are more suseptable to injury, but fitness and correct warm up routines should minimise the chance of them getting injured. England has been through a phase where first choice bowlers would regularly get ingured (Gough Shins, Caddick Back, Flintoff Ankles) and Australia are going through this with some of thier younger bowlers (Cummins, Patterson, Etc), it may be that they strive too hard for speed rather than being 5 mph slower and not risking the chance of injury, just a s McGrath did early in his career.

Posted by Green_and_Gold on (June 19, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

A lot of people seem to be questioning the fitness of players. Could it be that the fitter and stronger players are the quicker and more explosive they are which leads to more strains and tears? On the one side they are more dynamic in the field (and we want to see that) but the down side is that players break down. Im not an expert so its just my theory.

Posted by everfaithful77 on (June 19, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

The West- Indies team is in need of a FITNESS TRAINING CONSULTANT to keep players in good physical shape. Someone like Dennis WAITE who kept the members of that great Windies team of the 80's and 90's super fit. Without most of these guys being in top PHYSICAL SHAPE there is no way they could have dominated world cricket for over 15 years. The key to that success was the work of Mr.Waite and his fitness/conditioning programme. Also where is the batting coach DESMOND HAYNES ? Is he on tour in England ? If not , why not ?? Haynes did a fantastic job with the guys especially in India where Windies got 2 huge scores on slow turning pitches. WICB must beef up and sustain a fully staffed SUPPORT TEAM including bowling/batting coaches, fitness/conditioning expert and team psychologist/ motivational expert in order to obtain meaningful progress on the world stage. Otherwise we just SPINNING TOP IN MUD !!

Posted by anver777 on (June 19, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Favorites WI suddenly hit by the injury issues !!!! hope they will compete well in 2nd ODI & make the series interesting !!!!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 19, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

@SIRSOBERS on (June 18 2012, 15:33 PM GMT), you've made some sensible comments lately but to call the umpires irresponsible is just plain silly. On the one hand people are criticising the umpires for going off during the last Test and then you criticise them for staying on here. I know that bad light and rain aren't quite the same thing but the fact is that everyone wants the players on the field as much as possible. The problem with going off for rain is that the rule states that it must stop completely before they come back on, so the umpires were hoping it would ease up and they wouldn't have to go off at all. England batted through rain against India last year and noone called the umpires irresponsible then.The fact that Russell slipped is not their fault either. Are they to wait until every drop of moisture is removed from the field? Maybe Russell should have changed his shoes for some longer spikes when it started raining. Get off the umpires' case.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 23:49 GMT)

It is a pity that WI players get injured. Many of them are very exciting and talented. They should have an injury management coach or a workload management consultant.

Posted by TheLight on (June 18, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

Gibson and his fitness program seem to be resulting in more injured players than I can remember over the past 20 years. Begs the question if he knows what he is doing

Posted by WindiesGT on (June 18, 2012, 22:38 GMT)

Way to go coach Gibson fitness and half the side injured. It's not a body wieght team you have it's a criket team focus on batting bowling and fielding.

Posted by Ncnotorious on (June 18, 2012, 21:54 GMT)

for a coach (Gibson) that places so much emphasis on fitness, etc...he sure does have alot of injured players, some of the same injuries here, gayle played with in the IPL and scored 100s

Posted by Bluntman on (June 18, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

It's almost like a W.I. curse. Just when they start to look formidable, injuries come. If it's not one thing, it's the next!

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

Our West Indies guys seem to sustain more injuries than any other international team! They appear to be weak and fragile to the other countries. Ian Bell took a major blow on the chin and still played for England. Leg and groin injuries are a bit different, but surely it just means better conditioning is needed. Darren Bravo is no bit loss right now, as he hasn't done much in England, except against a second rate county side, and his strike rate was questionable. Tino Best will add a lot to this lineup. Gayle needs to suck it up and come in and rescue this series. And the other "star" batsmen, Dwayne Bravo, Pollard, Sammy and the self promoting Ramdin - they need to live up to their hype. IF THIS TEAM CANNOT BEAT ENGLAND IN ODI'S, THEN THEY CANNOT BEAT ANYBODY! Not New Zealand, not Bangladesh, not even Ireland or the Netherlands.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (June 18, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

No disrespect or anything but it doesn't really matter because England will still win this ODI Series 3-0 well that's if the weather holds out and can't see West Indies threatening England even in their coming T20 clash even though they have the talent.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 16:04 GMT)

Wow!..the boyz are plagued with injuries, after all the fuss about Gayle returning to the fold, he might not even play depending on how bad his injury is. It's too bad about Darren B, he's had a forgetfull tour of England and i was hoping that he could compensate, by finding some form in the ODI series. I wonder if anybody is on standby or if they'll settle for the squad that's already there. I just hope that Roach, Russell, Darren Bravo and Gayle will be fit and available for the New Zealand series and T20 world cup.

Posted by wicricketlover on (June 18, 2012, 15:37 GMT)

What I dont understand is, with all this emphasis place on fitness how the hell all these players keep breaking down. Maybe we need not be so focus on strenght and condition but on work which will actually keep and help us on the field.

Posted by BRUTALANALYST on (June 18, 2012, 15:33 GMT)

I think the umpires were irresponsible in the last one day game both Bravo and Pollard were out during a serious down poor and the pitch was clearly not dry when they came back out which resulted in Russell's fall that popped his shoulder. One thing the many people slating W.I in the comments section failed to mention despite England playing well was the fact they were essentially bowling against 10 men with Bravo injured making Ramdin come at 3 and then 9 men once Russell fell the new regulations disallowing Bravo from having a runner only made things worse having to watch him painfully hobble to the other end terrible viewing/ cricket and something that should be looked into as this would have only made the promising young batsman's injury worse.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 15:29 GMT)

all of these injuries, perhaps a lack of fitness

Posted by vladtepes on (June 18, 2012, 15:12 GMT)

oh my goodness! the west indies are going to finish with eleven completely different players from the ones they started with.

Posted by   on (June 18, 2012, 15:06 GMT)

the curse of touring england! happened to the indians last year! by the end of it tendulkar zak, bhaj, yuvi, rohit all gone home!!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (June 18, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

Noone's going to want to tour England soon. Half the India squad went home injured last summer and now WI are dropping like flies. Mind you, with all the back injuries to bowlers on both sides during the Aussie tour of the Caribbean recently, WI aren't really safe at home either. Gayle's injury is a weird one. I'm not suggesting anything untoward, but I will say that I can't see that it would have been caused by the Middlesex game. It must have been building up for a while you would think.

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